Air Orange From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1558 times:
I like it. It is more balanced than Qantas but they should choose a different colour than plain white. By the way when Qantas changes its title from black towards red that would be an improvement though too much Air Asia.
OdiE From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1526 times:
I like the new livery. Much better than the old blue, green and white livery. However, they do have a corny tagline, "Now everybody can fly". What happen to 9M-AAA and 9M-AAB? Are they going to have only 3 B737? Looks pretty good though on the B737!
Air Asia was bought over by Tune Air last year and it was said that it would become a low-cost carrier. Although it had yet to be launched, it is expected to be launch later this year. It even have Ryanair's ex chief as their advisor, though I am not too sure if he is one of the board members.
Mas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2926 posts, RR: 6 Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1441 times:
I don't think it looks that much like QF. You could also argue that UAL's new colours looked too much like BA's old Landor colours - but the truth is - there are few primary colours and from time to time - some airline liveries are going to resemble some other one.
I don't think the tail looks anything like QF's kangaroo and you can hardly mistake it with the large titles Air Asia.com in bold red for QANTAS.
Great to see a fresh approach to aviation in Asia... let's hope it survives...
Shortfinals From Malaysia, joined Jul 2000, 153 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (11 years 11 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1431 times:
Sometime later this month, Air Asia will offer some really cheap airfares from Kuala Lumpur (SZB) to Kota Bahru KBR for about 18 Dollars one way and 39 Dollars to Kota Kinabalu BKI. MH charges 42 and 115 respectively. Sounds good.
OdiE From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (11 years 11 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1424 times:
With the Malaysian domestic services mainly dominated by MAS, there isn't much competition at all. But if the prices are really what Shortfinals had mentioned, it's a really good bargain! Will Air Asia still operate out from Subang once the Express Rail Link opens? I thought all commercial air services from Subang will be shifted over to KLIA? If Air Asia manage to maintian its operation in Subang, it will definetely be better than KLIA since it's a lot nearer to downtown KL compared to KLIA.
Shortfinals: Do you know when will it be launched, plus what destination are they going to fly to since you already mention the prices for some of the route?
Shortfinals From Malaysia, joined Jul 2000, 153 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (11 years 11 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1412 times:
I read it in the Star newspaper last week. But those are the only two destinations they quoted. Apparently they're going budget. Which is funny since they started offering Kelas Perdana (business class) too. The airasia.com website doesn't say anything yet, but the news report said these fares will be offered at the end of January.
OdiE From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1 Reply 11, posted (11 years 11 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1366 times:
Yeah, I thought that it is going to be launched as a low-cost carrier, so I would had thought there wouldn't be any Business Class seats in the aircraft. Plus, I think they are going to make something like an online booking sort of thing instead of like ticketed travel. I think ticketless travel will save them quite a bit of money. They should well know that low-cost carrier does not really relies on premium traffic especially when they have Ryanair's ex-chief as one of the adviser.
Don't think that they will get much premium traffic here especially when they are in direct competition with MAS here. Most of the Business Class seats on MAS are sold on a contract basis, thus Air Asia might not get as many contracts as MAS since they do not fly that much routes. Plus, who is going to fly Business Class on Kuala Lumpur to Kota Bahru when it's mostly tourist or commuters that fly that sector!
By the way, where did they get the 3rd aircraft from since Air Asia only have 2 B737? And they should use the B734 instead of the B733 since the former provide passengers more seats.
OdiE From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1 Reply 15, posted (11 years 11 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1269 times:
Shortfinals: Thanx! Their prices are pretty good compared to MAS. However, why they call themselves low-fare airline instead of a low-cost airline?
What's really weird is that as a low-cost airline, they are still a ticket airline instead of normal low-cost carrier which is a ticketless airline. Plus, they still have authorized travel agents. They should do something like Easyjet or Ryanair where you will be given a confirmation number then when you check in, the ground staff will just check for your name on the flight.
Shortfinals From Malaysia, joined Jul 2000, 153 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (11 years 11 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1261 times:
With no food and all I suppose they can achieve those sort of turnaround times. Now that they're going this budget route, I wonder if they're going to reconfigure their other 2 737's and remove the Kelas Perdana seats.
Anyway, I might try them out just for fun. Can't beat 18 Dollars for a flight. Not here in Malaysia anyway.
Kota Bahru's kinda nice if you're not into booze and women.
OdiE From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1 Reply 19, posted (11 years 11 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1246 times:
That's weird. Flight schedules for MAS is still showing up at Subang after April 2002, when the ERL opens. There is no indications that MAS is going to shift its operation into KUL. But most low-cost airlines operate from secondary airport instead of primary airport. Maybe Air Asia could offer something like the Green Line offered by Easyjet where they put you in a special discounted bus to downtown London.
I think they would remove the Business Class seats as it was stated in the website. Their website should do a bit of modification for their slogan and the english used. But with only 3 aircraft, it's good how they can manage so many frequencies out of Subang.
The only down thing to short turnaround time is that once a flight is delayed, I would had thought that the rest of them would follow suit, especially when they only have 3 B737s operating. Are they going to get new aircraft?
Bhtchuo From Malaysia, joined Nov 2001, 163 posts, RR: 0 Reply 20, posted (11 years 11 months 6 hours ago) and read 1219 times:
well i think the price is worth to paid for.. as what i read from news paper, the offer no food on board and the pax wish to eat have to buy on board? i wonder how is it goin to be like? is the any other airline did this? maybe you can share your experience on this type of rsirline wic offer foodd for sell!
OdiE From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1641 posts, RR: 1 Reply 21, posted (11 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1193 times:
A lot of low-cost carrier do this as well. They are not the first neither they are the only one. Would you rather save a couple of bucks or rather being served with cold sandwiches on a one to two hour flight? In fact, Air Asia is being modeled after successful low-cost carrier in Europe and America like Ryanair, Easyjet, Southwest and Jetblue. They even have one of the adviser from Ryanair.
By the way, Air Asia is not a completely low cost carrier since it have authroize travel agents to sell their tickets. Most of the low-cost carriers doesn't have that and they have ticketless travel to save a bit of money. Plus, they will have online reservation which will even save them more money. And in many low-cost carrier, you are not allowed to change your date of travel and stuff like this, but in Air Asia, you can.
I had traveled with Easyjet before and I find their service pretty good. Although you need to pay for your food and drinks, I think that's reasonable for the price you pay for your flights!